Zero Squared #98: A Red Worker in a Red State

Terry Tapp is a red worker from a red state. He’s also an artist and a writer. His book, “A Serf’s Journal: The Story of the United States’ Longest Wildcat Strike” is coming out from Zero Books in 2017.

Micah Uetricht of Jacobin Magazine blurbed the book this way:

Every day, millions of people grind their way through miserable work. And every day, a few of them decide the status quo cannot stand — they have to fight back. Very few of either of those stories ever get told, particularly by the heroic people who lived them. Terry Tapp does both in a tale of unbelievably miserable, dangerous work and courageous, fed-up workers up against incredibly tall odds. Anyone who has worked a terrible job should read it. Anyone who has dreamed about fighting back should study it.

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Zero Squared #39: Land of Hunger


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Wayne Holloway is a writer director, working in commercials and movies in London and in LA. His first book, Land of Hunger, is out from Zero Books and is the subject of our conversation this week.

Land of Hunger is a collection of short stories, that interconnect, loop and return upon each other despite their seemingly disparate subject matter. Fragments that resonate across time and place, from the Ukraine during the Russian Civil War, to the miners’ strike, to the world of animal rights protestors.

It’s Wednesday, the 7th of October, 2015 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

In this episode you’ll hear an excerpt of a cover of the Beatles’ Sexy Sadie by Joe Goldmark, a monologue from My Dinner With Andre, archival clips of advertising from the year 2000, the ’84 Miner’s Strike, the Bolshevik revolution, and Cyndi Lauper’s cover of John Lennon’s hit Working Class Hero.

The music you’re listening to right now is an astro funk hit by the Earons. This is The Land of Hunger and in just a moment you’ll hear Wayne Holloway and I discuss his book by the same name.